“Enjoy a nice soak”
Gold Strike Hot Spring is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Boulder City, Nevada that features hot springs. The trail is primarily used for hiking. This great hike runs down a narrow, rocky canyon to a series of hot springs and several hot pools that beg for a good soak during cooler weather. Most of the route is a fairly easy, descending some 600 feet in about 2 miles to Goldstrike Hot Springs, but there is some 3rd-class scrambling (fixed ropes usually present) over and around boulders. From Goldstrike Hot Springs, it is 45 minutes and a fair bit of tough scrambling (more fixed ropes) down to Nevada Hot Springs and the Colorado River. During hot weather, look forward to a quick drip in the icy Colorado. Details of the obstacles are presented on a separate page because it might be too much information for adventuresome hikers. Water levels at the river can fluctuate rapidly as more or less water is released from the dam, so be careful about getting stranded if you try to venture from the canyon mouth (e.g., try to visit Sauna Cave).
The first mile is flat and deceivingly easy as you walk under a highway bridge and in between looming canyon walls. But don't get too comfortable -- at around the 1.5 mile mark you will reach the first of eight ropes along the trail and the challenge begins. You will need to use these ropes to maneuver down large rocks and boulders. There are arrows spray painted on the walls to help with direction, but if you want to attempt some bouldering, you can choose your own more challenging path.
There are three hot springs along this hike. The first spring may be dried up depending on the time of year you go. Skip soaking here and continue to the second spring which is warmer in temperature and adjacent to a cool "secret" cave (the Cave of Wonders). After testing out the waters, follow a warm stream and pass a couple of waterfalls until you reach the third hot spring. This spring is the hottest offers the best views -- the surrounding canyons provide the perfect natural hot tub setting.
Hard hike, but AMAZING and completely worth it!!!
We went here on one of our three day canoe trip through Desert Adventures. It was one of our many stops.
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